Supreme Court docket grants bail to Rajasthan man charged underneath UAPA

New Delhi, October 2

The SC has granted bail to a Rajasthan man facing terror charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, saying the Rajasthan HC erred in relying on public prosecutor’s statement that a prima facie case was made out against him.

“We are satisfied that the HC judgment, stating that a prima facie case has been made out against the petitioner based on the public prosecutor’s statement, cannot be said to be strictly correct,” a Bench headed by Justice Rohinton F Nariman said, granting bail to Aadil Ansari. It also took note of the fact that the accused had not been named in the FIR.

The Rajasthan HC had, on October 26, 2014, dismissed Ansari’s bail plea after the public prosecutor submitted there was prima facie evidence collected by the police during the investigation that Ansari aided terror suspect Barkat Ali.

However, after the perusal of documents, including the chargesheet filed in September 2014 and the HC’s order, the top court on Wednesday said, “Without saying anything more, so as not to prejudice the trial, we set aside HC’s judgment and enlarge the petitioner on bail, subject to the usual conditions to be imposed by the trial court.” — TNS

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